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APUSH Maps by Era
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This set is a compilation of maps by time period and theme for teaching AP U.S. History. It also contains a list of instructional strategies and a DBQ organizer for students.

Subject:
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Alexander Uryga
Date Added:
02/23/2020
America Transformed - Native Viewpoints on 19th Century Westward Expansion
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The maps in this map set were created predominantly by Euro-American cartographers, and published by government agencies or commercial profit-seeking companies. They promote Euro-American culture and perpetuate certain interpretations of history. Considering the inherent power dynamics helps us understand that this was at the expense of other points of view – especially of Indigenous peoples, those that were enslaved, and immigrant laborers, among many others. It is important to bear in mind how these documents reveal or conceal the ways people and communities were dispossessed, exploited, and annihilated. Unseen here but equally vital are stories of heroic resilience, resistance, and cultural preservation. The purpose of the following exercise is to examine the perspective of colonial maps and their influence on our understanding of history. Students will view maps and captions from the America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century exhibit and their corresponding Native viewpoints.

Subject:
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Date Added:
02/23/2020
Analyzing a Map: "Colton's Map of the United States," 1854
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Analyze an 1854 map of the United States, looking at perspective; audience and purpose; choices; and knowledge and change

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Physical Geography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Provider Set:
The Choices Program, Brown University
Date Added:
10/31/2017
Analyzing a Map: "Imperial Federation," 1886
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Analyze an 1886 map of the British Empire, looking at perspective; audience and purpose; choices; and knowledge and change

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Physical Geography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Provider Set:
The Choices Program, Brown University
Date Added:
10/31/2017
Atlascope
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Online tool that allows you to overlay historical maps of the Boston area over modern day maps, and compare changes across time. The maps show building-level details—such as building material, street address, and property owner—and range from the 1860s to the 1930s.

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Physical Geography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Primary Source
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Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Date Added:
04/27/2019
Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception
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Because they seem to show the world how it “really is,” maps produce a powerful sense of trust and belief. But maps and data visualizations can never communicate a truth without any perspective at all. They are social objects whose meaning and power are produced by written and symbolic language and whose authority is determined by the institutions and contexts in which they circulate. This exhibition by the Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library examines the many ways in which maps and data can bend the lines of reality.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Kim Frederick
Date Added:
02/23/2020
Boston: A City of Immigrants / Boston's Foreign-Born Population
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This map set is paired with two detailed, math-based lessons on immigration in Boston. The first has students think critically about a 1850-2015 time series graph of the share of Boston, Massachusetts & United States population that is foreign born. The mathematics focuses on the use of percentage (or share) and number (or count) and how to calculate and communicate them. The second lesson has students think critically about the 2015 foreign-born population data for Boston and its neighborhoods. The mathematics focuses on proportionality: calculating proportions from data sets and creating segmented bar graphs.

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Mathematics
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Sharon Hessney
Date Added:
04/27/2018
Britain's North American Empire 1607-1764
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Students will use maps and other visual sources to understand the role of geography and place from the founding of Britain’s North American empire (1607) through the French and Indian War (1763). How does geography play a role in historical events? How can maps and images help us better understand Britain’s North American empire?

Subject:
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Date Added:
04/27/2015
California and the 1849 Gold Rush
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This map set contains a number of maps and images that can be used to introduce and enrich your study of the history of the California Gold Rush. The idea that the United States was destined to possess the “whole of the continent” took root in Euro-American culture during the first half of the 19th century, and by the end of the century, the land and its inhabitants had undergone a striking transformation. Due to the discovery of gold in 1848, few areas of the continent were as transformed as the area we now call California.

Subject:
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Renee Keul
Date Added:
04/27/2018
Cod and "Cape Codd": The Fishy Priorities of 17th Century Mapmakers
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Students will be able to synthesize maps, other visual documents, and written primary sources to create a deeper understanding of the role cod fishing played in the early settlement of New England. What role did cod fishing have in motivating European exploration and settlement in New England? How can cartography be a reflection of political competition for land between nations. This lesson plan was designed for use in teaching Mark Kurlansky's book "Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World", though both the lesson plan and the map set can be used without including additional lessons on the text.

Subject:
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
U.S. History
World History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Max McCullough
Date Added:
04/27/2017
Continental Conflict & the New Nation 1775-1783
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Students will use maps and other visual sources to understand the role of geography and place in shaping the events of the American Revolution. How does geography play a role in historical events? How can maps, images, and documents help us better understand why and how major battles and events of the Revolution happened where they did?

Subject:
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Date Added:
04/27/2015
Exploring Plymouth Before the Pilgrims
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This map set focuses on a map of Plymouth, Massachusetts made by Samuel de Champlain during his exploration of New England in 1605, 15 years before the arrival of the Pilgrims. The map is useful for gaining insight into the geography, habitation, and resources of this area before European colonization as well as analyzing the perspective of Champlain and other European explorers who created these early maps. Included in this map set is a link to a lesson plan for grades 2nd and 3rd that has students analyze the Samuel de Champlain map to consider early interactions between Europeans and the Wampanoags. This lesson also includes a comprehensive, annotated bibliography of books for young people about Native peoples, the 17th century and the Pilgrims.

Subject:
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Theresa Garcia de Quevedo
Date Added:
04/27/2018
Finding Home: Displacement and Migration throughout the United States, 1830s-1960s
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Forced and coerced displacement within the United States throughout the 19th and 20th centuries profoundly challenged the concept and reliability of “home” - psychological, concrete, and emotional. This pattern of human migration determined survival for some and near decimation for others, and a constantly reconstructed definition of “home” for the youngest travelers along the way. Using award-winning novels in prose and verse, as well as informational texts, students will practice and develop literacy and map skills in order to assess and describe ways in which the text animates the story a map can tell, and how corresponding maps enrich understanding of a given text.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
History
Literature
Physical Geography
Physical Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Bindy Fleischman
Date Added:
04/27/2019
In the Wake of Poseidon: Classical Gods on Antique Maps
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This map set introduces basic map reading skills while exploring the Age of Discovery's fascination with classical Greek and Roman references. The maps featured in this lesson highlight the Golden Age of European Cartography while emphasizing their Classical details. The maps were selected to show the evolution of mapmaking as new knowledge became available. They also feature generous doses of the Classical Gods and their roles in controlling the heavens and the weather.

Subject:
Ancient History
Arts and Humanities
Classics
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Christian Scott
Date Added:
04/27/2016
Mapping 17th Century New England: Proportional Reasoning and European Priorities
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In this lesson, students explore ways proportional reasoning connects to mapmaking while highlighting the perspectives of the mapmakers. Students consider the scale of maps, thinking about the relationships between quantities, as well as the use of exaggerated and understated map features to glean information about the mapmaker's perspective.

Subject:
History
Mathematics
Physical Geography
Physical Science
World History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Sarah Thayer
Date Added:
04/27/2017
Mapping Climate Change in Boston
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This lesson reviews the development of Boston and how people have altered the landscape of the city. Students study maps to predict how rising sea levels will affect specific areas and neighborhoods and compare them to the areas impacted on flood projection maps. They review challenges and strategies of maintaining development, businesses and homes in the face of sea level change. There is also an option for students to create a communication vehicle to educate people about this issue.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Kathryn Buckley
Date Added:
04/27/2017
Maps & Children's Literature: Exploring the World Through Outstanding International Children's Books
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This map set features selections from the Outstanding International Children's Books list along with maps that connect students to the locations and time periods of the books.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Bindy Fleischman
Date Added:
04/27/2017
Maps for Artist-Teachers
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Use this map set as a series of art-based exercises that can bolster a semester-long mapping unit. Art teachers will find the terrain familiar with activities based around color theory, contour line and perspective drawing. English, humanities and social studies teachers can use maps from this set as a point of departure and introduce conversations around utopia/dystopia and global politics. Science and math teachers may use these maps as visual data and challenge students to translate their own data into artwork.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Paul Hackett
Date Added:
04/27/2017
Mid-19th c Urban America: The Growth of the American City
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This Map set explores the interconnected ways that industrialization, transportation innovations, and westward expansion shaped the growth of cities throughout the United States in the Antebellum Period. This Map Set will consider four cities that grew in the Antebellum period: Lowell, Massachusetts; New Orleans, Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; and San Francisco, California.

Subject:
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Author:
Chris Newell
Endawnis Spears
Date Added:
02/23/2020
Migration to and Within the United States in the Late 1800s and Early 1900s
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This lesson can serve as an introductory activity for a unit on United States immigration. The goal is to familiarize students with some of the countries of origin for migrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries and to familiarize them with settlement patterns across the country in both urban and rural settings.

Subject:
History
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Social Science
Sociology
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
Date Added:
04/27/2018